Magmatic-hydrothermal ore formation from plate-tectonic scale to fluid inclusions, with a focus on porphyry-Cu-Au deposits, epithermal precious-metal deposits and granite-related Sn-W deposits
Recognise and interpret ore-forming processes in hand samples. Understand the string of processes that contribute to metal enrichment mainly along active plate margins, from lithosphere dynamics through magma evolution, fluid separation, subsolidus fluid evolution, and alteration and mineral precipitation by interaction of magmatic fluids with country rocks and the hydrosphere. Understand connection to active volcanism and geothermal processes. Insight into modern research approaches including firld mapping, analytical techniques and modelling in preparation for MSc projects.
Detailed program of contents will be updated yearly and will be made available in the first class and by email distribution to those who subscribe to the course
Short notes are distributed in class
Extensive reference list distributed with course notes
Voraussetzungen / Besonderes
Builds on BSc course "Rohstoffe der Erde" and MSc course "Ore Deposits I", as essential introductions to the principles of hydrothermal ore formation in sedimentary basins and to orthomagmatic metal enrichment in layered intrusions. Reflected Light Microscopy and Ore Deposit Practical, coordinated with Ore Deposits I, is recommended but not essential. BSc students intending to study the module Mineral Resources and Technical Mineralogy in their MSc program should take both courses "Ore Deposits I and II" during their MSc studies, not as elective credits during the BSc.